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Wi-Fi Alliance begins Wi-Fi gear testing

Posted: 27 Jun 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-Fi 802.11n draft 2.0  HD video  Wi-Fi certification 

The Wi-Fi Alliance authorised test laboratories has started testing Wi-Fi gear and Wi-Fi certified 802.11n draft 2.0 products that are anticipated to arrive on store shelves this quarter.

Wi-Fi draft 2.0 products have been tested for interoperability across vendors, adherence to Wi-Fi Protected Access security protocols, and backward compatibility with more than 3,500 Wi-Fi a/b/g products. Products based on the new IEEE 802.11n draft deliver up to five times the throughput and up to twice the range of those based on previous standards, enabling a wide range of content-rich applications, and delivering those applications over a larger footprint. The certification programme also includes Wi-Fi Multimedia quality of service, which helps deliver the best user experience with applications such as video, voice, and gaming.

"Wi-Fi certified 802.11n draft 2.0 Wi-Fi brings the digital home of the future to life today, and revolutionises the capabilities of enterprise networking. It is the most important advance for Wi-Fi technology since its invention," said Wi-Fi Alliance managing director Frank Hanzlik. "With the launch of this certification programme, the industry as a whole has come together to deliver the very best user experience?helping ensure that consumers and enterprises can purchase with confidence and make the most of advanced Wi-Fi technology today."

"With the advancements offered by 802.11n, Wi-Fi takes centre stage as a key technology for networked digital home applications such as streaming high-definition video and interactive gaming," said Kurt Scherf, VP and principal analyst with Parks Associates. "Because Wi-Fi is so easy to use, and certification means different brands of gear work together, we expect the momentum to continue. There will be substantial implementation of 802.11n Wi-Fi in certain consumer electronics products."

The alliance expects high demand for certification testing with a strong pipeline of products already scheduled for certification testing. Several laboratories in Spain, Taiwan, United States and Japan will also begin testing this week for the 802.11n draft 2.0 program to help ensure that testing services are available to member companies in every region.

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